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Kings Chambers
5 PARK SQUARE EAST
LEEDS
LS1 2NE
England

North Eastern Circuit > Court of Protection and community care Tier 1

The Court of Protection team at Kings Chambers represents a range of parties in matters, including the Official Solicitor, local authorities and NHS trusts. Property and affairs disputes – an area in which the ‘incredibly knowledgeableFay Collinson excels – are also prominent in the group’s caseload. In a recent highlight for the set, practice head Sam Karim KC appeared in Re A (Covert Medication: Closed Proceedings), thought to be the first case of its kind within the Court of Protection, where closed proceedings were used to order the administration of covert medication to a person deemed to lack capacity. Bolstering the team at the senior end, Helen Mulholland KC was appointed to silk in March 2023.

2023 Silks

Helen Mulholland KC – Kings Chambers 'Helen is a highly skilled, confident, and assured advocate in Court of Protection matters. She is extremely responsive, helpful and knowledgeable.'

Leading Juniors

Fay CollinsonKings Chambers 'Fay's advocacy skills are outstanding. She truly has the best interests of her clients at heart and is excellent in breaking down complex legal points.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Kings Chambers’ clerks always offer a good service. They are quick to respond and always try to accommodate our requests, making them easy to work with.’

Northern Circuit > Chancery, probate, and tax Tier 1

Kings Chambers is praised as ‘the go-to set of choice for Chancery matters in the North’. Its members undertake Chancery work nationally and internationally and appear before the entire spectrum of courts and tribunals in disputes involving high-value land, trusts, finances, private client work, charity matters, real property, and probate. Fay Collinson exclusively focuses on property and affairs in the court of protection, and wills, trusts, and probate mandates; in Anderson v Williams, she represented the executors and beneficiaries in a claim brought against the deceased’s surviving wife for breach of fiduciary duty whilst she acted as the deceased’s financial attorney and subsequently misappropriated around £200,000 during his lifetime

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 1
Paul Chaisty KC – Kings Chambers 'Paul is a superb advocate, persuasive and charming when needed, and brutal in cross-examination.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Lesley Anderson KC – Kings ChambersLesley is a leader in her field and carries the gravitas that comes with it. She quickly gets to the nub of any issue gives practical, clear advice, and is excellent on her feet in advocacy, maintaining an authoritative air of calm while making sure her points are forcefully made.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Mark Harper KC – Kings Chambers ‘Mark is a fantastic advocate who very quickly builds a rapport with the judge, arbitrator, and his counter party. His arguments are presented very persuasively and clearly, he is concise and makes even the most complex of points sound straightforward, and he manages to make his job look easy and takes everything in his stride.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Louis Doyle KC – Kings Chambers 'Louis is great with clients, great to work with, and he feels like an extension of the team. Just brilliant.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Eleanor D’Arcy – Kings Chambers ‘Eleanor is excellent. Hard-working, approachable, talented, and as skilled at advocacy as she is on papers.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Fay Collinson – Kings ChambersSolicitors will race to instruct her before the other side does, as her knowledge of the subject is unmatched, her passion for the area shines through, and she has judges eating out of the palm of her hands as she guides them calmly and eloquently through complex topics. No one prepares a case more thoroughly than Fay, and she knows where every document is and will often expose her opponent’s less preparedness when having references available at the drop of a hat.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Eleanor Temple – Kings ChambersEleanor is extremely good on her feet, and she is well known by the judges on the Northern Circuit and this really comes across in her advocacy. She has a wonderfully relaxed style that is clear and to the point, and judges really appreciate her clarity and conciseness.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Nigel Clayton – Kings Chambers 'Nigel's advice is comprehensive, prompt, and practical. He does not sit on the fence, his advocacy is calm, thoughtful, and persuasive, and he is firm when he needs to be.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Matthew Hall – Kings Chambers ‘Matthew is very adaptable and has a fantastic client manner. He gives assured advice and is prepared to go the extra mile for his clients.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Ben Harding – Kings Chambers ‘Ben is incredibly responsive and reliable, hard-working, a joy to work with, and good on the detail.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Richard Lander – Kings ChambersRichard is skilled in breaking down complex matters for the client to understand. He is a very calm and reassuring advocate, and he is always a top consideration for depth of knowledge and those complex matters.'
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

‘The clerks, in particular Harry Young, are knowledgeable, efficient, and proactive.’

‘Excellent clerking team; Gary Young and Harry Young are both incredibly helpful and go above and beyond to assist.’

‘The clerks are very personable and helpful and they consistently show excellent judgment in matching barristers to cases; especially Gary Young and Harry Young.’

‘James Mason is fantastic; he provides responses in an efficient and timely manner and is extremely helpful.’

‘The clerks are excellent, and Gary Young and Harry Young are two of the best in the business in terms of their user-friendliness, attention to detail, and willingness to help. Brandon Singh is a junior clerk coming through in a similar mould.’

‘Gary Young and Harry Young are both excellent and are two of the best clerks in the country. They are responsive and will always go the extra mile to help. The junior clerks coming through are all personable and provide a good service.’

‘Kings Chambers is the best chancery set. They have a wide range of counsel available and they are always of a very high standard. The training provided is of a good standard and useful.’

‘They have a number of experts in this field that display a high level of competency. Their training programmes in trusts and probate are very useful and well attended.’

Northern Circuit > Commercial litigation Tier 1

Kings Chambers ‘is a go-to choice for commercial litigation matters’. Its member have national client bases, including major institutions, private sector businesses, and high-net-worth individuals. Andrew Grantham KC has a wide-ranging practice, and he handles claims involving business and share sales, the sale and carriage of goods, commercial fraud, and restrictive covenants and confidential information. In Northamber Plc v Interactive Education Solutions LtdMark Harper KC is representing a business in resisting a claim that it breached an exclusive supply agreement, causing alleged losses of £2m. The set is also home to Aidan Reay, who frequently appears in the High Court and County Court, Kelly Pennifer, who is strong on civil fraud and contractual disputes, and Neil Berragan, who is regularly before the specialist business and property courts. Martin Budworth acted for the claimant in Oakwell v BFC Investment Company, which concerns a claim for several million due to unpaid consideration from the sale of Barnsley FC to Chinese-American investors. Ben Harding is another active member of the set with a growing volume of trial and injunctive work.

Leading Juniors

Adam Aldred – Kings Chambers 'Adam is extremely knowledgeable in his field and has a calm and reassuring demeanour, which puts clients at immediate ease that their case is in safe hands. His experience in the area has also allowed him to build a network of useful contacts with various branches of expertise, making him a genuine asset.'
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

‘Harry Young is a good clerk to deal with.’

‘They are responsive and commercial. Harry Young and Gary Young put the relationships with firms and clients first. They are great to work with and provide an all-round great service. You can always rely upon Kings.’

‘Harry Young and Paul Clarke stand out as the best.’

‘Gary Young remains an excellent and reliable clerk.’

‘The service of the clerks at Kings Chambers is excellent.’ 

‘The benefit of Kings Chambers is that they offer specialists in fields often not seen outside of the London Circuit.’

‘Kings Chambers is a go-to choice for commercial litigation matters, regardless of the location of the client or the court. Chambers also offer regular online training sessions across a broad spectrum of legal issues and principles, including shorter sessions focused on fundamental legal principles and practical tips.’

‘Excellent chambers with quality counsel.’

Northern Circuit > Company and insolvency Tier 1

Kings Chambers ‘is the leading set for insolvency work in the North West’ and its members have expertise in handling complex and high-value unfair prejudice actions and shareholder disputes, as well as insolvency-related matters, acting for office holders, companies, directors and debtors. Lesley Anderson KC is head of the set’s business and property group, which also includes Andrew Grantham KC, who is active in matters regarding just and equitable winding-up petitions, derivative actions, and disputes concerning share sales and title to shares, and he acted for the respondent in PSV 1982 Ltd v Langdon, the leading case on two issues concerning s217 of the Insolvency Act. In Waldron v WaldronDavid Casement KC successfully defended the respondent against allegations of breaches of fiduciary duty and unfair prejudice in a dispute between family shareholders in a construction company. Louis Doyle KC has a track record of offshore work, as does Paul Chaisty KC.

Leading Juniors

Ben Harding – Kings Chambers 'Ben has strong attention to detail and an ability to see all the way around the issue. He is a meticulous and thoughtful advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

‘Gary Young is very experienced, gets messages across to counsel when needed, and ensures response times and follow-ups are as required.’

‘Harry Young and Paul Clarke are by far the best clerks at Kings Chambers.’

‘The Clerks are uniformly excellent, and Gary Young is the star of the show.’

‘Senior clerks Gary Young and Harry Young are very knowledgeable and keen to help.’

‘The clerks are fantastic. Gary Young is an incredible clerk.’

‘Kings Chambers is a first choice in the regions due to its selection of first-rate insolvency, company, and financial litigation barristers who are supported by a wonderful and dedicated clerks team. Due to the strength and depth of the Kings Chambers cohort of barristers, one is always able to find a barrister, often at short notice.’

‘Kings Chambers is a set offering good strength in depth in terms of insolvency and restructuring.’

‘Kings Chambers has excellent strength in depth and is comparable to London sets.’

Northern Circuit > Costs Tier 1

Kings Chambers stands out as ‘a go-to set for costs work’. Erica Bedford is ‘the gold standard for costs barristers‘ according to instructing solicitors, and practice head Kevin Lathamhas the respect of the costs judges he appears before due to his grasp of the details, knowledge of costs law, and pragmatism‘. Costs specialist Craig Ralph is ‘a robust and knowledgeable advocate who never fails to hold the attention of the court when he is on his feet‘. The ‘superb advocatePaul Hughes is sought after for his expertise in advising on solicitor own client disputes and wasted costs orders. Recent work for the team includes Andrew Hogan appearing before the Court of Appeal in a case concerning whether a court order for permission to accept a part 36 offer out of time causes the claimant to lose QOCS protection.

Leading Juniors

Andrew Hogan – Kings Chambers ‘Andrew is calm and efficient with an extensive knowledge of all areas of costs law. He always keeps the client at the heart of his advice.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

‘Kings Chambers offers an extremely wide level of expertise and has strength in depth, from the highest quality silks to emerging stars. It is always possible to find the right level of advice at the right price for the client.’

‘The costs team at Kings Chambers is one of the best in the country.’

‘Kings Chambers is a go-to set as it has an incredible pool of talent.’

‘Kings Chambers is a well-versed and respected set in relation to costs litigation. It has a number of counsel who are powerhouse specialists in the area.’

‘The clerks are uniformly excellent, and Gary Young is the star of the show.’

‘Harry Young is a superb clerk; no job is too small and he is always on hand to assist and be flexible with arrangements.’

‘Harry Young is very approachable and commercially minded. He manages the work of the costs counsel very efficiently and will go out of his way to attend to his clients’ needs.’

‘Harry Young is open and honest about capacity, ensuring that the service promised is the service delivered.’

Northern Circuit > Court of Protection and community care Tier 1

Kings Chambershas a good Court of Protection team, covering property and affairs and health and welfare work.’ Sam Karim KC leads the team, and has been kept particularly busy handling cases involving medical treatment issues. Newly appointed silk Helen Mulholland KC is ‘a highly skilled, confident, and assured advocate in Court of Protection matters‘. At the junior end of chambers, Fay Collinson garners praise for ‘her expertise in Court of Protection property and affairs work‘, and Sophie Allan regularly represents protected parties, including vulnerable adults, in a range of work. Deprivation of liberty cases are a key area of instruction for Richard Borrett.

2023 Silks

Helen Mulholland KC – Kings Chambers ‘Helen strikes exactly the right chord. Her advocacy is superb; eloquent and efficient. She is brilliant on her feet.'

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Fay Collinson – Kings Chambers ‘Fay’s attention to detail is excellent, her advocacy is superb, and she has an assured yet authoritative manner in court.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

‘The clerks at Kings are always helpful and efficient, especially Drew Platt and Mark Ronson.’

‘Steve Loxley and Aimee Rogers are particularly helpful and attentive.’

‘Kings Chambers’ clerks always offer a good service. They are quick to respond and always try to accommodate requests, making them easy to work with.’

‘The clerks are knowledgeable, make you feel valued as a client, and will always make efforts to assist.’

Northern Circuit > Licensing Tier 1

The ‘strong‘ team at Kings Chambers handles a wide range of licensing work, including gambling, taxis, firearms, street trading and alcohol and entertainment matters. Sarah Clover has an excellent track record in representing hospitality and leisure industry clients in licensing matters. Ben Williams regularly acts for licensees, the police and local authorities, and is representing a council in an ongoing taxi licensing dispute. In another matter, Constanze Bell advised Liquid Light Brewing Company on its application for a license to open a tasting room attached to a brewery; the application was approved.

Testimonials

‘Kings Chambers provides a professional service.’

‘Very helpful clerks.’

Northern Circuit > Planning and environment Tier 1

Kings Chambers has an established reputation as ‘an excellent planning set‘. Led by Giles Cannock KC, the team is instructed by developers, land promoters, and local planning authorities in a range of planning work. David Manley KC has a solid track record in representing private and public sector clients, including national housebuilders, and also focuses on representing landowners and developers in common land matters. Recent work includes Alan Evans representing Great Portland Estates PLC in an inquiry concerning applications for planning permission for the construction of two buildings near the Shard in London. Vincent Fraser KC is noted for his expertise in environmental law, with extensive experience in advising on renewable energy projects. Ruth Stockley is sought after for her niche focus on highway law. The senior end of the practice was recently bolstered by the elevation of Jonathan Easton KC to silk in March 2023.

Rising stars

Piers Riley-Smith – Kings ChambersPiers’ grasp of the detail is outstanding, his advocacy is excellent, and his cross-examination is first-rate.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Giles Cannock KC – Kings Chambers ‘Giles is a superb advocate; clinical in his approach, he always has a phenomenal knowledge of the papers and he cross-examines with all the skill and deftness of a surgeon. He is client-focused, commercially aware, and a leader who gets the best out of the team.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Paul Tucker KC – Kings Chambers ‘Paul has a huge intellect, and he can be relied upon to understand challenges and then, with reassurance and confidence, advise on approaches and solutions. He is engaging, approachable, and always easy to communicate with.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1

2022 Silks

Sarah Reid KC - Kings Chambers 'Sarah is a tenacious cross-examiner who prepares thoroughly for her cases. A forensic advocate.'

2023 Silks

Jonathan Easton KC – Kings Chambers 'A very focused and always approachable silk, who has an excellent advocacy style and the ability to put witnesses at ease.'

Leading Juniors

John Barrett – Kings Chambers ‘John is a direct and succinct advocate, who is able to bring the argument back round to the primary case without any drama.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Alan Evans – Kings Chambers ‘Alan is an excellent communicator, with an enviable skill of distilling complex intellectual concepts into comprehensible points. He is very good on strategy and is able to find solutions seemingly out of nowhere, and as an advocate, he dissects the opponent’s case with surgical precision.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Ian Ponter – Kings Chambers ‘A junior who provides incisive and user-friendly advice.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ruth Stockley – Kings Chambers ‘Ruth is pragmatic and has excellent technical and tactical knowledge. She is always well prepared and unflappable, and she has the experience to read the room and tailor her style accordingly.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Killian Garvey – Kings ChambersKillian is a very bright barrister, who is also very personable, direct and has an incisive eye for the core issue of a matter.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Stephanie Hall – Kings Chambers ‘Stephanie is responsive, sharp, incredibly bright, detail-focused, incisive, and very good with clients. She is laser focused on obtaining the best result for the client.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Constanze Bell – Kings Chambers ‘Constanze has a keen analytical mind, which combined with impressive case preparation and attention to detail is a winning formula.
Ranked: Tier 2
Anthony Gill – Kings ChambersAnthony will go above and beyond to provide coherent advice within very tight deadlines.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Philip Robson – Kings Chambers ‘Philip is able to build a rapport with witnesses and inspectors alike, and his cross-examination is very effective. A confident and persuasive advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Freddie Humphreys – Kings Chambers ‘Freddie is an exceptional barrister. His cross-examination is very effective and he is extremely confident and assured in court. He provides clear and succinct advice.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

‘Kings Chambers has real strength in depth and is without doubt one of the leading sets in this area. All the barristers are characteristically very commercial and strategic with their advice.’

‘Kings Chambers has excellent strength-in-depth, always has available counsel, and offers excellent training programmes.’

‘Kings is an excellent planning set with a good range of counsel, from KC to juniors.’

‘Kings Chambers is very strong, with an enviable list of KCs supported by an increasingly long list of very able juniors. It has a number of excellent advocates, so you are always well-looked after when it comes to inquiries.’

‘The clerks are friendly, responsive, and very efficient, and they are very transparent and understanding regarding fees. Mark Ronson is excellent.’

‘Mark Ronson and Gary Smith are excellent in the clerks room. They are accessible, commercial in their approach, and keen to please.’

‘Gary Smith and Mark Ronson are exceptionally easy to deal with, always very accommodating, and clear about availability and fees.’

‘Gary Smith and Mark Ronson are both excellent – they are responsive and know their instructing clients well.’

Northern Circuit > Professional negligence Tier 1

Kings Chambers stands out for its 'extremely wide level of expertise' in professional negligence matters. The team has extensive experience in advising on actions brought against architects, accountants, surveyors, solicitors and insurance brokers. Lesley Anderson KC's practice includes handling claims brought against solicitors, and Andrew Grantham KC has a solid track record in advising on claims brought against tax advisers concerning allegations of negligent tax advice. Among the juniors, Neil Berragan is very experienced in handling property-related negligence claims.

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 1
Paul Chaisty KC – Kings Chambers ‘A devastatingly effective silk with a ferocious work ethic.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Mark Harper KC – Kings Chambers ‘Mark is a lateral thinker, who provides astute and intelligible advice.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Grantham KC – Kings Chambers ‘Andrew is a heavyweight practitioner on the circuit. His presence on high-value and complex cases is greatly reassuring.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

‘Kings Chambers is one of the premier commercial sets in Manchester.’

‘Kings Chambers is undoubtedly the go-to commercial set in Manchester.’

‘Kings Chambers is approachable, knowledgeable, and always responsive to enquiries.’

‘Kings Chambers offers an extremely wide level of expertise and has strength in depth from the highest quality silks to emerging stars. It is always possible to find the right level of advice at the right price for the client.’

‘Gary Young is a great clerk. He is highly responsive and reliable, and you know you are in safe hands with him.’

‘First-class service from Kings Chambers. Gary Young in particular stands out as being client focused and always responsive.’

‘The clerks are uniformly excellent.’

Northern Circuit > Property and construction Tier 1

Kings Chambers has 'strength in depth in property litigation'. Key areas of instruction for the team include disputes relating to restrictive covenants, title, easements, and residential and commercial landlord and tenant litigation. Andrew Singer KC is a key figure in the department for construction-related disputes, and Lesley Anderson KC is very experienced in handling a broad range of contentious property matters. Wilson Horne's practice predominantly focuses on advising companies, individuals and governmental entities on construction and high-value real estate development issues. Geraint Wheatley has a solid track record in advising on commercial real estate matters.

Leading Silks

Lesley Anderson KC – Kings Chambers 'A formidable advocate with an exceptional intellect and a confident and forthright nature.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Paul Chaisty KC – Kings Chambers ‘Paul is a brilliant cross-examiner, good with clients and a real fighter in the court room.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Singer KC – Kings Chambers ‘Andrew is a very personable silk and an effective advocate, who distills complex issues down into clear, succinct advice.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Nigel Clayton – Kings Chambers ‘Nigel is an extremely experienced property barrister. He is a go-to counsel for complicated property disputes.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Wilson Horne – Kings Chambers ‘Wilson is able to get to the nub of the issue very quickly. He can deliver a strong argument that is punchy and to the point.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Lander – Kings Chambers ‘Richard is reliable, commercial, very clever, and thorough.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew Hall – Kings Chambers ‘Matthew is very bright and an excellent advocate, who cross-examines incisively. He is exceptionally user-friendly when it comes to dealing with solicitors and clients, and he can tackle the most difficult of cases.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Kelly Pennifer – Kings Chambers ‘Kelly is very clear in her advice and commercial in her approach. A tenacious advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Geraint Wheatley – Kings Chambers ‘Geraint is measured and calm. He provides confident and clear advice, and his advocacy is precise and powerful without being prolix.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Jonathan WardKings Chambers 'A reliable and effective junior.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

‘Kings Chambers has considerable strength in depth and as a result, on the rare occasion a first-choice counsel is not available, there are always good quality alternatives available.’

‘Kings Chambers has a good depth of experience and is able to offer counsel for different levels of seniority to suit the type and value of the case.’

‘Kings Chambers have very good strength in depth and are able to service work very well.’

‘A wide breadth of barristers and their training sessions are always well presented with relevant content.’

‘Gary Young’s experience as a clerk clearly shines through and he will go that extra mile when needed.’

‘Gary Young and Gary Smith are both very professional and good to work with.’

‘All of the clerks at Kings Chambers are helpful and knowledgeable. One can have full confidence in their ability to offer the right counsel, both in experience and call, for the instructions provided.’

‘The clerking team provides a very good service.’

Midland Circuit > Planning and environment Tier 2

Kings Chambers is home to a group of ‘top quality, accessible, and personable barristers’ who advise on the full range of planning law matters. Paul Tucker KC managed to secure planning permission for the largest car battery factory in the UK, while Michael Rudd successfully acted for a client looking for an amendment to the planning policy of a housing development. Sarah Clover is a ‘very reliable advocate’ and advised Northern Leaf Limited on securing the first-ever licence to grow medicinal cannabis in Jersey.

Leading Silks

Paul Tucker KCKings Chambers ‘Paul has a huge intellect, and he is engaging, approachable and always easy to communicate with.'  
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Sarah CloverKings Chambers ‘Sarah’s advocacy is very strong. She is always clear on the brief and realistically assesses the strength of a case.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Gary GrantKings Chambers ‘Gary has an eye for detail and thinks outside the box. He is a strong team player and really good at helping to manage client expectations.’ 
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

‘Kings always has a good range of barristers with planning expertise. The set is strong and provides very effective training programmes on a wide range of topics within planning law.’

‘The clerking team is excellent, Gary Smith in particular.’

Work highlights

Northern Circuit > Clinical negligence Tier 2

‘A leading clinical negligence set in the Northern Circuit’, Kings Chambers has ‘a fantastic reputation with a well-established practice’. Its members handle claimant and defendant work for instructing solicitors nationally. Sarah Pritchard KC has substantial experience representing clients in birth damage claims, cauda equina cases, and surgical negligence. Nicholas Braslavsky KC handles high-value claims that often concern perinatal asphyxia and cerebral palsy, in addition to misdiagnoses and delayed diagnoses, and negligent surgery. The set is also home to Helen Mulholland KC, who took silk in the 2023 round and she undertakes cases involving birth injury and complex paediatric neurological cases, and Richard Borrett, who represents both claimants and defendants in a variety of matters, including surgical, dental, general practice, and maternity-related cases. Charlotte Law has an established clinical negligence practice, handling complex matters of medicine and law, and Claire Steward is skilled in complicated issues of liability and high-value claims.

Leading Silks

Nicholas Braslavsky KCKings ChambersNick is highly professional, trustworthy, and always polite and warming towards clients. He is extremely knowledgeable and works with those instructing him closely; he is an excellent team player and, once instructed, is fully invested in the case. In the most complex of cases, he provides solutions, thinks outside the box, and provides mentorship to those working with him as to alternative ways to approach any given legal problem or scenario.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Sarah Pritchard KCKings ChambersSarah is ferociously intelligent and reassuringly detail-oriented. She is immensely skilled in managing matters with complex issues and working with experts and voluminous evidence to build a robust case.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Gerard McDermott KC – Kings Chambers 'Gerard is a titan of the clinical negligence and personal injury sector with an international reputation as an utterly formidable barrister and a phenomenal advocate. He is eloquent and articulate, sympathetic to clients who absolutely adore him and his tenacious, powerful approach, and he gets the best results and fights like a hardened warrior to ensure his clients get outstanding outcomes.'
Ranked: Tier 2

2023 Silks

Helen Mulholland KCKings ChambersHelen has an excellent ability to build rapport with clients as she is a consummate professional, empathetic, and personable. Her advice is clear, well-considered and concise, and she is very impressive in both her oral and written advocacy.’

Leading Juniors

Victoria Heyworth - Kings Chambers  ‘Victoria is always exceptionally well-prepared and her attention to detail is impressive. Her understanding of medical and dental terminology and issues mean that her advice is pragmatic and well considered, and as an advocate, she is extremely focused and her preparation and attention to detail is second to none.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Claire StewardKings ChambersClaire has a sharp and incisive mind and she is unflustered in advocacy, even in the face of extreme provocation. She does superb preparation, has a startlingly good memory, and has an eye for details that nobody else has previously picked out.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Louise Green – Kings Chambers 'Louise is a highly effective communicator, a passionate and tenacious advocate, and will not be intimidated in court. She is able to get to the heart of a case very quickly and that means that she is tactically astute from the very early stages.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Livingston – Kings Chambers 'Richard is passionate about getting the absolute best result for his client. He is commercially minded, he is extremely hard working, and when he says he will meet a deadline, he will.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard BorrettKings Chambers ‘Richard is very approachable and down-to-earth, and he puts clients at ease and overcomes any issues in doing so when undertaking remote conferences. He is always well-prepared and he adopts very much a team approach to a case.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Charlotte LawKings ChambersCharlotte's written work and pleadings are always to an exceptionally high standard. Her knowledge of medical negligence cases is strong, resulting in her being able to provide thorough and comprehensive advice.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

‘The clerks are always helpful and work very hard to accommodate difficult or complex requests. Steve Loxton and Paul Clarke both provide helpful, calm, and consistent support.’

‘The clerks are efficient and helpful, particularly Stephen Loxton, who is organised and efficient.’

‘Stephen Loxton and Paul Clarke are excellent, approachable, friendly, and always willing to assist. Leanne Martin and Aaron Smith are also highly recommendable.’

‘Leanne Martin is responsive and provides good service.’

‘The clerks are friendly, helpful, polite, really efficient, and accommodating. Steve Loxton is great and very responsive.’

‘Kings Chambers has a solid reputation in the clinical negligence arena with good quality counsel spanning all levels of qualification. Kings offers breadth and depth.’

‘A leading clinical negligence set in the Northern Circuit. A fantastic reputation with a well-established practice. A good choice of Silks, all with a strong track record in this field.’

‘Kings Chambers is the set of choice. Whoever you instruct will be highly intelligent and will offer good common sense and initiative to the instructions and queries they are sent. Kings Chambers has an extremely professional yet friendly approach towards those instructing them. They commit and work as a team with those instructing them.’

Northern Circuit > Employment Tier 2

Kings Chambers is praised as ‘a great set of chambers with great local barristers’ and its employment team acts for employers of all sizes. It also has a thriving High Court practice, with its members representing high-profile clients on complex breach of contract and restrictive covenant claims. Head of the employment group James Boyd predominately represents employers in his national practice. The set also houses employment law specialist Anisa Niaz-Dickinson, who acts for claimants and respondents in the Employment Tribunal and the Employment Appeal Tribunal, and Ben Williams, who is highly adept in cases in the health care context. Martin Budworth is skilled in restrictive covenant cases, as well as matters in the sports context ; he also represented the claimant in Cohen v Leicester Football Club, a case concerning the departure of the Leicester Tigers’ former CEO. Rosie Kight is another notable name – she acted for the respondent Allen v Primark Stores, a discrimination case concerning flexible working upon maternity leave – at issue was constructing the correct pool of comparators.

Rising stars

Rosie Kight – Kings ChambersRosie is incredibly organised and gets her head around all the key dates, facts, and documents very quickly. She is able to identify the key issues very quickly and communicates these in a very straightforward and clear way.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

‘Paul Clarke responds promptly to all requests.’

‘Paul Clarke is efficient and courteous.’

‘Paul Clarke is very personable, replies quickly, and keeps things in good order.’

‘Good clerking team that is very responsive.’

‘One always receives an excellent and timely service from the clerk Paul Clarke.’

‘Kings Chambers is a good employment set.’

‘Kings Chambers has quality practitioners, many of whom are in heavy demand. This reflects their high abilities.’

‘A great set of chambers with great local barristers.’

Northern Circuit > Inquests and inquiries Tier 2

Northern Circuit > Personal injury Tier 2

Kings Chambers is praised as ‘one of the best personal injury sets in the North’ and its members are strong in serious injury claims, including brain and spinal injury cases for claimants and defendants. Nicholas Braslavsky KC has notable expertise in handling child and adult brain injury cases and Michael Rawlinson KC and Charlotte Law are both skilled in cases involving injured military personnel. 2023 silk appointment Helen Mulholland KC has expertise in brain injury cases, and Gerard McDermott KC is another notable silk. Fiona Ashworth has substantial experience in chronic pain cases, and of recent note, represented a claimant who lost the use of her arm after sustaining soft tissue injuries when she was struck by a piece of scenery falling into an orchestra pit, in addition to developing leg and back pain due to conditions that developed post-injury.

Leading Silks

Nicholas Braslavsky KC – Kings Chambers ‘Nicholas has great attention to deal and he is a safe pair of hands, especially when the stakes are very high. He is a fantastic advocate and a real heavyweight in catastrophic injury work.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Gerard McDermott KC – Kings ChambersGerard knows everyone, and that is a distinct advantage when it comes to the negotiation stage. He has a very personable style that helps such discussions, but also has the ability to see the big picture and not get bogged down in detail.'
Ranked: Tier 2

2023 Silks

Helen Mulholland KC – Kings Chambers 'Helen is excellently prepared and considers all the information very carefully when advising. She gains an excellent grasp of the key issues very swiftly and can address them in a clear and concise fashion, and she has an excellent manner when it comes to dealing with both clients and experts alike.'

Leading Juniors

Fiona AshworthKings ChambersFiona is an excellent practitioner with an in-depth knowledge of personal injury law. She is particularly accomplished as a very strong negotiator and advocate, she always deals with her instructions promptly and is open to a call to discuss a case, and most of all, she has excellent client-handling skills and makes all clients from whatever background feel at ease and confident that she has their best interests at heart.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Plaut – Kings Chambers ‘Simon undergoes extremely thorough preparation and always has a complete grasp of issues in the case. He is an excellent communicator and establishes rapport with clients, explaining complex issues with ease, and he is able to deliver unpalatable advice in a clear and sympathetic manner.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Gavin McBrideKings Chambers ‘Gavin is brilliant, down-to-earth, and always happy to talk things through, sometimes at short notice. He is always mindful of his instructions and always has commerciality and the client’s best interests at the forefront of his mind.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

‘The clerks at Kings Chambers are incredibly kind and always happy to help. They always respond in a timely manner and will also make you aware if they cannot do this to ensure that you are kept informed. Aaron Smith is reliable and will always ensure that everything is in order, as he is incredibly organised.’

‘The clerks are always on hand to assist where possible. Stephen Loxton is particularly helpful.’

‘Steve Loxton and Paul Clarke are fantastic.’

‘Paul Clarke and Aaron Smith are very helpful.’

‘One of the best clerks’ room by a long way. They are very accommodating and their client care skills are second to none. Very commercially minded and work as a team.’

‘Excellent chambers and good strength in depth. It is a large chambers and it offers a strong external training programme.’

‘A very strong set with a team of barrister’s who can easily service the full range of personal injury claims.’

‘Kings Chambers is one of the best personal injury sets in the North.’

Midland Circuit > Clinical negligence Tier 3

Kings Chambers is ‘a well-run set’, experienced in working with both claimants and defendants in clinical negligence claims. Satinder Hunjan KC is well-known for ‘his vast experience in clinical negligence claims’ and regularly deals with matters related to major brain injuries. Anna Diamond is praised for her ‘confident advocacy and formidable negotiation skills’. Nicholas Truelove specialises in acting for claimants and is currently representing the family of the deceased in a case concerning the death of a man in his twenties a fortnight after he received the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination.

Leading Silks

Satinder Hunjan KC  – Kings Chambers 'Satinder is an excellent barrister who gets stronger the closer you get to trial. He is tactically very astute and brilliant in negotiation meetings.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Nicholas Truelove – Kings Chambers ‘Nicholas is a committed advocate and trusted advisor. He is empathetic and very relatable. He will take the time to build a rapport with the client and make sure they understand the advice.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Anna DiamondKings Chambers 'Anna's understanding of clinical practice concerning medical standards of duty and causation is outstanding. She is a tough negotiator and an excellent advocate. She is an extremely professional and knowledgeable counsel.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

‘Kings is an excellent set of chambers, well run by excellent clerks. Jake Brooke heads up Birmingham and runs a tight ship. The set can offer much good junior counsel if senior counsel is not available.’

‘Jake Brooke is very responsive and will always go the extra mile to help.’

‘The clerks are welcoming and provide excellent service. They get the job done efficiently and well. Jake Brooke is an absolute credit to the set.’

‘Kings Chambers is a good set of strong counsel. It is often able to think creatively and outside the box. They are amenable to last-minute hearings and late deadlines and are willing to work on matters where necessary.’

‘A good, well-managed chambers which is making a real impact on the Birmingham market.’

Northern Circuit > Administrative and public law (including civil liberties and human rights) Tier 3

Sam Karim KC is the head of the public law team at Kings Chambers, which is also home to Stephanie Hall. Of recent note, she represented GMS Parking Limited in Macintosh Village Management Ltd v Manchester City Council & GMS Parking Limited, a judicial review brought against planning permission granted to redevelop a car park into 853 units of student accommodation in a 55-storey building in central Manchester.

London Bar > Planning

Leading Silks

Christopher Katkowski KCKings ChambersChris is, put simply, the best in the business. He combines intellectual gravitas with charm and good humour. The clarity of his advice is exceptional and much appreciated by instructing professionals, team members and clients alike.
Ranked: Tier 1

Midland Circuit > Personal injury

Leading Silks

Satinder Hunjan KCKings Chambers ‘Satinder is a powerhouse. He can drill down into a case to identify all key issues with the best tactical and strategic mind. He will look at issues from all sides and always find the best, often novel, way to present a case to achieve the best client-centred outcome.’
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Nicholas Truelove  – Kings Chambers ‘Nicholas is always very well-prepared and is extremely approachable. He is down to earth and puts clients at ease.’
Ranked: Tier 3

Midland Circuit > Licensing

North Eastern Circuit > Administrative and public law (including civil liberties and human rights)

Leading Silks

Sam Karim KCKings Chambers 'Sam is an excellent advocate. He remains very calm under pressure and speaks very eloquently. He is extremely good at dealing with clients, always on hand to assist and very approachable.'
Ranked: Tier 1

North Eastern Circuit > Clinical negligence

Leading Silks

Sarah Pritchard KCKings Chambers 'Sarah is a formidable advocate: dynamic, thorough and excels in detailed analysis. She is also superb with clients and puts them at ease.'
Ranked: Tier 1

2023 Silks

Helen Mulholland KCKings Chambers 'Helen is a formidable advocate. She is firm and tenacious, excellent on her feet and with clients.'

North Eastern Circuit > Commercial litigation

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Eleanor TempleKings Chambers 'Eleanor is great on her feet. Clients have great confidence in her abilities.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Helen GardinerKings Chambers 'Helen is an incredibly strong advocate who breaks down complex matters into well structured arguments. She provides clear and succinct advice, and remains entirely professional yet puts both solicitors and clients at ease with her approachable and personable nature. She is an asset to have on your team.'
Ranked: Tier 2

North Eastern Circuit > Company and insolvency

Leading Juniors

Eleanor TempleKings Chambers 'Eleanor provides objectivity and insight at all times. Her strategic support is invaluable, and her advice is rigorous and comprehensive. Her advocacy is commanding and persuasive.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2

North Eastern Circuit > Personal injury

Leading Juniors

Toby CoupeKings Chambers 'Toby's preparation of cases, client care skills, advocacy, judgement and work ethic are genuinely exceptional.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Gordon ExallKings Chambers 'A junior with a clear and concise command of the law.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Steven Turner – Kings Chambers ‘Steven provides sound advice, and demonstrates great empathy with clients who have sustained life-changing injuries.’
Ranked: Tier 3

North Eastern Circuit > Employment

Leading Juniors

Helen GardinerKings Chambers 'Helen has a very down to earth, relaxed and confident approach to advocacy. She is a force to be reckoned with.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2

North Eastern Circuit > Property and construction

Leading Juniors

Geraint WheatleyKings Chambers 'Geraint is a very safe pair of hands. He is accurate, intelligent, capable and very user friendly. He is also incredibly responsive.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Northern Circuit > Sport

Kings Chambers is highly regarded for its ‘great depth’ in sport law. Paul Chaisty KC regularly represents premier clubs in high-profile commercial cases, and Martin Budworth is well known for his expertise in sports arbitration. David Casement KC ‘possesses excellent technical knowledge‘ and is highly regarded as ‘an expert in sports disputes and regulation‘. Steven Flynn‘s practice includes regulatory issues and contractual and commercial litigation. Rosie Kight is ‘an entirely approachable and down to earth advocate‘.

Leading Juniors

Rosie Kight – Kings Chambers 'Rosie is very diligent and thorough, and she has an excellent understanding of the sports law landscape.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

‘Kings Chambers offers a diverse spectrum of expertise and sporting specialisms, including anti-doping and regulatory matters.’

‘Kings is an exceptional set.’

‘The clerking service at Kings Chambers is excellent. Gary Young and Harry Young are flexible and commercial in their approach to bookings and fees, and have a genuine and full understanding of their counsel.’

‘The clerks, particularly Harry Young, are personable and knowledgeable.’

‘A knowledgeable and friendly clerking team.’

‘The clerks are keen to go the extra mile and their free webinars are particularly helpful.’

‘A great clerking team that is always flexible with fees and can find the right person for the job.’

Kings Chambers is ranked one of the country’s leading sets. It provides barristers with the highest reputation for advocacy, knowledge and standard of service. This is a large specialist set with a national reputation practising from Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham in several practice areas: predominantly business and property law; planning and environmental law, personal injury and clinical negligence, costs, employment, EU and competition, sports law, mediation, arbitration (international and domestic) and public law.

WORK UNDERTAKEN

Arbitration: Chambers offers representation/advocates and accepts appointments as Chair, members of threeperson tribunals and sole arbitrators. This includes a fixed price arbitration service tailored to disputes requiring quick resolution to be dealt with on paper or by way of a hearing. Membership includes distinguished former senior members of the judiciary.

Business & Property: This leading group has extensive experience in litigation, arbitration and other tribunals. The areas covered include banking and finance, wills & probate, commercial dispute resolution (including injunctive proceedings, agency, sale of goods, restraint of trade and restrictive covenants), company (breach of directors’ duties, shareholder disputes, unfair prejudice and fraud), construction, partnership, professional negligence (all professions including miss-selling) and real estate (inc non contentious but also expert determination and litigation, both residential and commercial) and restructuring and insolvency (personal bankruptcy, winding up, administration, administrative receivership and tracing assets).

Clinical Negligence & Personal Injury: The clinical negligence and personal injury team undertake work involving serious personal injury claims, all aspects of clinical negligence and occupational disease with a particular focus on asbestos and other forms of toxic exposure. The team also specialises in chronic pain and related conditions.

Costs: There is a specialist and dedicated costs team, practising exclusively in costs law, disputes and litigation funding.

Employment: The employment team covers the entire spectrum of employment law and has particular strengths in race, sex, equal pay, restrictive covenants and disability discrimination both in tribunals and in the High Court.

EU & Competition: Chambers has a dedicated team dealing with EU and competition law, including cartels, dominance, mergers, market investigations, litigation, public procurement, state aid, trading agreements and compliance.

International & Offshore: Chambers members are highly experienced in commercial litigation and international arbitration, covering commercial fraud, asset-tracing and recovery, freezing injunctions, search and seizure, conflicts of law, jurisdictional disputes and enforcement of foreign judgments, financial services, company and shareholder disputes and JV agreements. Chambers members are instructed in cases arising in (amongst others) Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Jersey, Singapore, the UAE and the United States of America. Chambers are able to accept instructions both through law firms in this jurisdiction and directly from international firms and clients for its members to act as advocates or dispute resolvers.

Mediation: Mediation is an important part of the litigation process. The team comprises accredited mediators at various levels and with expertise in differing areas of law.

Planning: Kings Chambers is one of the leading planning, development and environmental chambers in the UK with 4 KC’s and 20 juniors. Chambers acts for a wide range of clients including developers, housebuilders, land promoters, local planning authorities and local resident groups across a variety of areas including representation at Local Plan examinations, hearings and public inquiries and at court, residential, highways, logistics, energy, retail, CPO, infrastructure and environmental law.

Public Law: The public law group practises extensively in the Administrative Court and Court of Protection, sitting in London and the regions. The group encompasses the range of public law work in community care, education, housing, mental health, licensing, local government and social security matters. Members advise and appear before courts at all levels.

Sports Law: The sports law team have been involved in some of the most substantial and high profile sports arbitrations and litigation in recent years involving, commercial dispute resolution, disciplinary and regulatory proceedings, anti-doping rules, employment issues, sports-related personal injury, breach of confidentiality and privacy, wealth management issues, intellectual property including image rights, trademark infringement and breach of copyright.

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Nathan Smith photo Nathan Smith Nathan joined chambers in April 2008 and practices in all areas of…
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Fiona Ashworth photo Fiona Ashworth For 20 years, Fiona has developed a specialism in cases involving Chronic…
John Barrett photo Mr John Barrett John acts for many of the UK’s leading developers and house builders.…
Richard Borrett photo Richard Borrett Richard acts for both Claimants and Defendants in Clinical Negligence, Inquests, Abuse,…
Martin Carter photo Mr Martin Carter Martin undertook his pupillage at Kings Chambers and has spent his entire…
Nigel Clayton photo Mr Nigel Clayton Nigel Clayton practises solely in Real Property Law including Probate and Trusts and related areas, and…
Fay Collinson photo Fay Collinson Fay is a specialist court of protection and chancery barrister. She has a…
Toby Coupe photo Toby Coupe
Louis Doyle photo Mr Louis Doyle Louis Doyle KC is a commercial silk with a particular expertise and…
Eleanor D’Arcy photo Eleanor D’Arcy Eleanor has developed a strong and diverse Commercial and Chancery Practice focusing…
Jonathan Easton KC photo Mr Jonathan Easton KC Jonathan practises in the areas of town and country planning, CPO, environmental law and…
Gordon Exall photo Gordon Exall Gordon qualified and practised as a solicitor and was a senior lecturer…
Helen Gardiner photo Helen Gardiner
Stephanie Hall photo Stephanie Hall Stephanie practices in all areas of planning law and has particular experience…
Mark Harper KC photo Mark Harper KC Mark is a member of the Business and Property team in Chambers.
Wilson Horne photo Mr Wilson Horne Wilson’s practice includes real estate law, with a bias towards contentious commercial…
John Hunter photo Mr John Hunter John is an experienced junior practising in the fields of planning, environmental…
Rosie Kight photo Rosie Kight Since transferring to the Bar, Rosie has built a strong and varied…
Andrew Latimer photo Mr Andrew Latimer
Stephen Maguire photo Mr Stephen Maguire Stephen’s practice is focused on complex and high value litigation.  He handles…
David Manley KC photo David Manley KC David specialises in planning and environmental law. He is ranked in the leading legal directory,…
Simon Plaut photo Mr Simon Plaut Serious Personal Injury, encompassing the full range of catastrophic injuries, brain injury,…
Sarah Pritchard photo Ms Sarah Pritchard King’s Counsel specialising in clinical negligence litigation. Her practice covers a wide…
Michael Rawlinson KC photo Michael Rawlinson KC Michael’s main area of practice arises from claims where historic exposure to any…
Philip Robson photo Philip Robson Philip has a broad planning and environmental practice, regularly appearing at inquiries.
Jeremy Roussak photo Mr Jeremy Roussak Jeremy practices almost exclusively in the fields of personal injury and clinical negligence.
Ruth Stockley photo Ms Ruth Stockley Ruth specialises in all aspects of town and country planning, environmental law, compulsory purchase,…
Eleanor Temple photo Ms Eleanor Temple Eleanor Temple’s practice focuses on commercial litigation for domestic and international clients…
Geraint Wheatley photo Geraint Wheatley Geraint is an experienced chancery and commercial practitioner, combining an outstanding academic…